Charges laid over forestry death

Last updated 13:32 18/06/2014
FOrestry worker Lincoln Kidd
Forestry worker Lincoln Kidd died in a forestry accident last year.

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WorkSafe NZ has laid charges against a company and two people following the death of a man in a forestry accident near Levin last year.

Lincoln Kidd, who was 20, died in the accident on December 19 last year.

The company has been charged under section 49 of the Health and Safety in Employment Act, which alleges the company knew that serious harm was reasonably likely to be caused. The charge carries a maximum fine of $500,000.

The company has also been charged under Section 50 of the act which carries a $250,000 maximum fine.

One person has been charged with acquiescing, assisting or directing the company and faces a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment and/or a fine not exceeding $500,000.

The other person faces a charge in relation to an alleged failure prior to the date of Kidd's death, punishable by a maximum fine of $250,000.

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- The Dominion Post

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